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Warriors work overtime for 8th straight
by Anson Keith
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It was a low scoring, physical night cap at the Alcorn County Tournament at The Crossroads Arena on Saturday as the Corinth Warriors beat the Biggersville Lions 40-38 in overtime.

The Warriors had lost their previous game against the Lions in a nail biter -- 55-53 -- on Dec. 23 at Corinth High School.

The win provided Corinth with its 40th ACT title since 1950. Corinth has also won 15 of the last 16 events.

Keith Greene, who is in his ninth year as head coach, has directed CHS to a record eight consecutive tournament titles, with his only loss coming to Alcorn Central in the 2006 semifinals -- first year at the helm.

Raheem Sorrell, who finished the contest with a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds, was named MVP of the tournament.

The game started out with Biggersville holding the ball for the majority of the first half. The Lions only allowed 15 points in the first two periods, but were only able to produce 10 themselves, going into the locker room with a five-point deficit.

But as the second half got underway, Biggersville put the pressure on with their full court defense forcing the Warriors to commit 18 turnovers and scored 25 points in the last two quarters.

After junior Kendall Stafford sank two clutch free throws with 20 seconds remaining in regulation to put the Warriors up 35-32, Biggersville's Daniel Simmons, who ended up with 17 points (14 coming in the second half and overtime), came right back down the court to knock down the first of his two 3-point shots to knot it at 35-all with only three seconds remaining.

After a failed desperation 3-point heave by Jose' Contreras, the game headed into overtime.

Biggersville allowed Corinth to score only five points in the extra period, but were only able to score three as Corinth took the game and the trophy in dramatic fashion.

Note: Corinth senior Jose' Contreras played in his 114th career game on Saturday, moving into a five-way tie for 16th on the list for most games played. ... Sorrell’s 10 points upped his career total to 1,097 and 12 shy of overtaking Gary Hill (1976-79) for 23rd overall.

(JV-B) Corinth 51, Central 41

Central 8 6 17 10 -- 41

Corinth 4 15 16 16 -- 51

CENTRAL (41): Tyler Moore 14, Trevor Godwin 10, Blake McIntyre 9, Joe Harbor 4, Landon Baswell 4.

CORINTH (51): Darian Patterson 13, Armad Wicks 11, Javen Morrison 8, Quentin Patterson 6, Tairek Johnson 4, Hack Smith 4, Trae Burcham 3, Dee Brown 2.

3-Pointers: (Ce) Godwin 2, Moore. (Co) Burcham, Patterson.

(B) Corinth 40, Biggersville 38, OT

Biggersville 4 6 13 12 3 -- 38

Corinth 8 7 9 11 5 -- 40

BIGGERSVILLE (38): Daniel Simmons 15, Tyran Davis 10, Darian Barnett 9, Jaylon Gaines 2, Emmanuel Simmons 2.

CORINTH (40): Desmin Harris 14, Raheem Sorrell 10, Kendall Stafford 7, Jose Contreras 5, Antares Gwyn 4.

3-Pointers: (B) D. Simmons 2. (C) Harris 3, Contreras.

Records: Biggersville 13-3, Corinth 15-2
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